Oct. 28, 2011
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BYU vs. TCU
Oct. 28, 2011
Attendance: 50,094 (Cowboys Stadium)
Final: TCU 38, BYU 28
TCU HEAD COACH Gary Patterson
"Well we wanted to just come out of this with a win. We've watched BYU improving. Their quarterback was hard to handle. He moved the ball around and really did a good job at times, in scramble situations, but I was really proud of my team. We're glad we came away with a win and we got ourselves bowl eligible."
On the importance of special teams tonight:
"It helped with a couple of the fumbles when they gave us short fields. You've got to be careful on letting them run punts back for touchdowns. That almost changed the complexion of the whole game."
On containing Riley Nelson:
"They ran some zone stuff that we hadn't spent much time on in practice. We finally got better control in the second half. You just can't let the quarterback run. That's the bottom line to it. We knew he was going to take some chances. He's made some plays since he's been the starter."
On the play of the running backs:
"I thought all three of them ran hard. Matt Brown is also part of the equation coming in and making plays. He gives us another threat with his legs. I thought all three running backs made some unbelievable plays in this ball game when we needed some tough third downs and tough fourth downs. It was great to have three of them. Ever since Ed's come back, we're staying healthy."
Senior free safety Johnny Fobbs
On the impact of turnovers in the game:
"Any turnover is big in any kind of situation. I know the one where they were driving and Kenny Cain caught the interception in the back of the end zone was real big. It's a relief and it gets the defense off the field and makes our offense stay on longer. I kind of saw that their defense was getting tired and we stayed fresh the whole game.
Sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall
On offensive production:
"The defense did a great job getting us great field position and they had a great game so hats off to them. That helped us whenever we had short field position, setting us up in the red zone. We're pretty good in the red zone. It helped out getting the ball where we did and we were just able to punch it in.
Senior wide receiver Josh Boyce
On playing in Cowboys Stadium
"It's a great environment. A lot of our fans came out. BYU travels well too. A lot of noise. I like playing in atmospheres like that."
BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall
"First of all, I would like to thank Coach Patterson on a hard-fought win. That's what it was; two teams that really wanted to play hard and they left no doubt. We simply made too many mistakes out there today to win the game that controlled field position, which controlled points. I absolutely loved the way our team fought and battled until the very last tick on the clock. I admire this team and they are a privilege to coach. I was lucky to be their coach today. As I already mentioned, we made too many mistakes to overcome to win the game, but I think it was clear to all that it was a very evenly-fought game and it could have gone a number of different ways."
On the deep snapping troubles on special teams:
"I can't even describe it. It caught me completely by surprise, not only once or twice, but three times. I didn't think that would happen. It wasn't until after the third one that we considered doing something different, because there haven't been any issues. After the first one, you think it's an accident. After the second one, you realize something isn't quite right and the third one is probably one too many."
On the special teams play making a difference in the outcome:
"I hate to say that any one particular part of the game changed the outcome, but it certainly controlled field position, which controlled scoring. It was frustrating. We happened to have a great punt return by JD (Falslev) and that at least got us one of those back. I felt it was a very evenly-matched game and they are a special team."
On the way his team played:
"I thought we fought hard and I like this team. It was a privilege to coach this team today, because they wanted to keep playing. I think they wished that we could have played two or three more quarters. They wanted to keep playing football. They realized and were frustrated with the mistakes that we made out there today, but they were having fun and they were supporting each other. They believe in one another and I believe in them."
On the running ability of junior quarterback Riley Nelson:
"It was very impressive. If you just watched him on the two-point play, anyone who wonders who he is, I don't think they should. That guy is one fierce competitor and he is a great leader. Our team loves him."
BYU Safety Travis Uale
"It's a difficult loss because this is probably one of the closest games we have played against TCU in four years, so it hurts. I think the way we played was not displayed on the score board. If you look at the stats we dominated TCU in a lot of areas on offense and defense, but it was just a few execution errors on certain plays on both sides of the ball and on special teams."
On getting flagged:
"That's just instinct. I thought it was a great play but you never know if your going to get called or not. You just got to play football and not worry about what the refs are going to do or let up because you think a flag is going to be thrown. You just have to play football and leave the referring to the officials."
On the next steps for the team:
"I think we are taking big steps, playing big teams like TCU. To be able to battle with them and be able to battle to the end is important, and there's a lot of good we can take from this game. I think we can learn a lot on special teams, so they can improve on both sides of the ball. On defense we are going to be able to make adjustments to certain things that didn't go as planned."